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Hostelling International-Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel

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210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero, CA 94060
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The hostel is 4 former Coast Guard buildings each with a common living area, kitchen, and bathroom plus sleeping rooms that are either all male or all female or a limited number of private rooms. We stayed in a private room in the Seal building. The interior of the Seal building clean throughout. The one bathroom being shared by about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the first hostel I have ever stayed in and I had a wonderful experience! My mother and I shared a room with just one other female (six bunks were available). The beds were extremely comfortable and having a bathroom attached to the room was very convenient. All the necessary amenities were available. The staff was amiable and helpful.... More 

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Husbands Bosworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Wow! Definitely recommend this wonderful hostel you are simply blown away by it's location. We saw grey whales migrating and seals too. Yes there signs warning about water but take bottled! Room for 3 was giant bunk bed, not single& double. Hot tub under stars a treat

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Jeff P, General Manager at Hostelling International-Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel, responded to this review

Dear Ele, Thank you for the kind review! We are so glad you had a great experience! There is nothing better than sitting in the hot tub on the cliff edge and watching the stars while the lighthouse beams rotate over the coast! The good news is: The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) - Santa Clara District Drinking Water... More 

Southern California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The well is too close to the septic field. Although bottled water is provided, beware. Just taking a shower made a person in my group get a really wonky gut. It was old and dingy, but relatively clean and the location is amazing. It is a few miles away from stores and restaurants, so bring your own food and use... More 

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Jeff P, General Manager at Hostelling International-Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel, responded to this review

Dear Traveling Sandy, Thank you for vising HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse. For everyone's information the water is not close or even connected to our septic system. The well has been shut off since 2013. We truck in sanitized water from Santa Cruz municipal and then we treat it again by a paid professional who tests the water and sends it... More 

North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Pigeon Point Lighthouse has something for visitors of all ages. Simply Gorgeous views. Full of history. The beautiful old lighthouse and sealife. While I was there , I found out that there is a connection to my home state of North Carolina. I walked along highway 1 and met other photographers, others that were just enjoying the sights. There are... More 

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Scottsdale, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This hostel has been on my list for a while. I got to stay for a night during a meandering long weekend drive from SF to Monterrey. Before I even checked in I got to see harbor seals, dolphins and breeching whales! Holy Cow! The hostel is made up a few outbuildings on a bluff next to the Pigeon Point... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Easy on the budget and definitely a hostel. Good value for the accommodations. That said, this part of the coast is amazing! Do yourself a favor a bring some firewood to sit outside (in warm clothing!) and watch the stars. Also, wake up to sunrise ... stunning here. Took off a star because the actual lighthouse is in such disrepair.

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Jeff P, General Manager at Hostelling International-Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you Terry! The actual lighthouse tower is in disrepair and is owned and managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. They are working with the California State Park Foundation to raise funds to repair the tower and open it up to the public again. Hostelling International supports their efforts. You can find their Tripadvisor page at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32873-d127881-Reviews-Pigeon_Point_Light_Station-Pescadero_California.html... More 

Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I have wanted to stay at one of the 2 San Mateo Coast Lighthouse Hostels for over 30 years. We just completed a one night stay at the Pigeon Point hostel and it exceeded expectations. We were in a private room that had a 'houston bed' - double bed on bottom with a top single bunk. The mattress was comfortable,... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

My wife and I visited the California coast last fall and decided to stay in hostels as we traveled from San Francisco down to Morrow Bay. While all our hostel stays were very good, Pigeon Point was the most picturesque. So much so that we have even noticed it in at least one television commercial for a pharmaceutical product. This... More 

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Decatur, Alabama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We at one time stayed on the higher ground above and overlooking the lighthouse at a rental series of attached apartment units. Since sold, now one has to stay at the hostel or in town at Pescadero or expensive Costanoa further down the road! Clean, safe. Beautiful views! Tremendous photo opportunities! Whales, fog, flowers, cliffs! Plenty of beauty!....where my heart... More 

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